Explore the Banyan Wilds Exhibit
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Phase One was completed and opened in May 2013 thanks to your generosity. We need your continued support to complete Phase Two!
About the exhibit
Enter the tropical forests of Asia and be immersed in the sights, sounds and smells of a forest teeming with life—endangered turtles, colorful songbirds, squealing small-clawed otters, foraging sloth bears and tigers playing and soaking up the afternoon sun. People who experience such wonders of nature are inspired to save it. That’s the power of Woodland Park Zoo and the new Banyan Wilds exhibit complex.
Three times the size of the outdated, 60-year-old exhibits that critically endangered tigers and sloth bears currently inhabit at the zoo, the new, multidimensional space designed by Studio Hanson/Roberts will be a state-of-the-art, naturalistic home that provides for the unique needs of these animals and other species that together represent the biodiversity of tropical Asian forests. The exhibit brings to life those places where the boundaries between human settlement and untamed nature collide, making the need to share the forest urgent, hopeful and clear.
The exemplary, new 2-acre exhibit will inspire delight and discovery in visitors, using our award-winning exhibitry design to integrate inquiry-based activities and hands-on experience that make learning about science and conservation come alive. Immersing visitors intimately in a hidden forest world, the exhibit complex will feature up-close animal encounters, a hands-on conservation action center, a children’s play area and one-on-one encounters with zookeepers. Much more than an exhibit, this living classroom will give the zoo’s 1.2 million annual visitors the inspiration and tools needed to take conservation action nowand help preserve the wonders of wildlife.
The largest and most ambitious Woodland Park Zoo exhibit project since we opened the Trail of Vines exhibit in 1996, the new Banyan Wilds exhibit complex is the centerpiece of the zoo’s Asian Tropical Forest Initiative, part of the More Wonder More Wild campaign.